EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Fitness and Diet

Fitter teams win more games – it’s as simple as that. Of course, we know that most clubs will not have a fitness trainer or a well-equipped gym. But there is a lot you can do yourself. The drills in this section look at how you can help your players to get fit, stay fit, avoid injury and recover more quickly. How many times have you seen a close game decided in the last 10 minutes because one team is fit and the other is running out of energy?

Soccer warm up drill for leg power

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Here are three warm-up drills designed to increase your soccer players’ leg power so they have more strength and stamina when it comes to recovery runs and tackling. Hopping soccer drill Players hop on one leg and try to get as much distance between each step as possible. Hop over a five-metre distance and players... MORE

Soccer warm up drill to get players thinking

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This is a fun soccer drill to test decision-making skills when your soccer (football) players are tired. It can be set up quickly to use as a soccer warm-up or warm-down drill. As well as a good drill to use for fitness, this is good for attackers and defenders to test their decision-making abilities. This... MORE

Downhill sprinting soccer drill

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Making your soccer youngsters run downhill may just seem like a player’s dream sprinting drill (better downhill than uphill!). But this overspeed soccer coaching drill will improve the kids’ running skills because each player will be reaching speeds they will not normally be able to get to, so attuning their brains to run faster. Benefits... MORE

Soccer coaching tips to boost training intensity

in Fitness and Diet, Tips and advice

Help your young players get the most from soccer coaching sessions by inspiring them to train and play with match-like intensity. Use the following soccer coaching tips to produce results! Lacking in focus? So you’ve watched your team lose. You’ve spotted what you believe to be their main weaknesses. You’ve come up with a training... MORE

Get your soccer team to stretch

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Players’ muscles need to be looked after no matter if you’re coaching a youth soccer team or older players. If a muscle is not warmed up it can lead to an injury and a long spell on the touchline. Beware of over-stretching cold muscles Most injuries in soccer occur when players overstretch part of their... MORE

Pre match soccer warm up drill

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

One way of getting your players into the right frame of mind for a match is to use good warm-up drills. If you are all in a big circle you can also talk to your players and remind them about their responsibilties towards the team, the opposition and the officials. I like to get my... MORE

Soccer warm up drill to run mid training session

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Soccer warm-up drills don’t always have to be used at the beginning of your soccer training session. Try running this warm-up drill after playing a small-sided game, so your players can have a breather. A soccer drill such as this one also gives you a chance to walk around your players and see who is... MORE

Short sprint stamina drills

in Fitness and Diet, Soccer drills and skills

Set up a V pattern and get your players working on a short-sprint stamina training drill, before extending the drill to include dribbling skills as well. Using a triangle of cones, about four metres x four metres x four metres, ask your players to do a series of short sprints to prepare them for a... MORE

Squat jump soccer warm up drill

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Using a combination of jumps in a drill is a great way to help your young players warm up their muscles before a match, as well as building up their core agility skills. Known as plyometrics, these jumps work on a quick, powerful movement using a stretch reflex. A stretch reflex occurs when a muscle... MORE

Hamstring muscles warm up drill

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This quick soccer warm-up drill helps to prevent hamstring muscle tears and strains, which are among the most common soccer injuries. The drill replicates the eccentric (lengthening) movement associated with high-speed running and deceleration. You don’t want your best players pulling up in agony because they didn’t stretch their hamstrings before the soccer coaching session... MORE


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